Employment services

Hennepin County helps people find jobs by providing career counseling, training and job placement, as well as information about the labor market.

We partner with businesses, community organizations and other government entities.

Suburban Hennepin County job seekers obtain their employment and training services through the Hennepin County Housing, CommunityWorks and Transit Department and its service partners - MN Workforce Center Hennepin South and MN Workforce Center Hennepin North.

Minneapolis job seekers obtain their employment and training services through the Minneapolis Employment and Training Program, except for residents participating in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T). Those residents get employment and training services through Hennepin County Human Services Department.

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Employment programs

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program employment and training (SNAP E&T)

The program's purpose is to provide employment training to able-bodied people, ages 18-50, who receive food support, but no other cash assistance. As of October 1, 2013, participation in work or job search activities is required each month that the participant receives food support.

Services include an individual assessment of work-related strengths and barriers, and an Employability Development Plan (EDP) designed to help participants get a job. Training may include General Equivalency Diploma (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), high school diploma or short-term vocational training.

SNAP E&T services are administered at the Work and Employment Resource Center (WERC) located at Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis

The program is jointly administered by the Minnesota Departments of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Human Services (DHS).

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Minnesota Family Investment Program - employment services

This program supports families as they move from public assistance to employment. Participation in employment programs is required for most adults who receive public assistance. All participants receive an assessment and an employment plan toward self-sufficiency.

Participants must meet program requirements or their benefits will be reduced; lifetime benefits are limited to 60 months. Child care and medical services are also available to help participants transition from public assistance and into work.

Employment services providers include the Minnesota WorkForce Center Partners, community action agencies, educational agencies, county agencies, and other non-profit groups, as shown in the MFIP & DWP Employment Service Providers list.

The program is a partnership between Hennepin County and City of Minneapolis.

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Resources for job seekers

Job-seeking resources in the Work and Economic Resource Center (WERC) are available to people receiving public assistance and to other members of the general public. The center provides trained staff to assist and direct customers in their job and housing searches.

Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis

612-596-7438

Services available

Computer access

  • Type resumes, cover letters and business letters using WinWay Resume.
  • Use Deluxe and/or Microsoft Word software programs.
  • Practice and test typing, and 10-key skills using Mavis Beacon Typing Tutorial software program.

High-speed internet access

  • Search for and research jobs online.
  • Write and post resumes and cover letters online.
  • E-mail prospective employers.
  • Research companies and the employment market.
  • Search for affordable housing.
  • E-mail prospective landlords.
  • File for unemployment benefits.
  • Complete and file federal and state taxes.

Fax services

  • Send resumes, cover letters, job applications, W-4 forms, etc. to prospective employers.
  • Apply for housing.

Copy machine

  • Make copies of resumes, cover letters, job and housing applications, W-4 forms, and other job-related information.

Information and job search assistance

The center has a vast selection of informational resources available for customers. Our expert staff can provide training and individual assistance in:

  • Online job search
  • Writing resumes
  • Writing cover letters
  • Networking
  • Job Networking and Support Groups
  • Cold-calling and telephone interviews with employers
  • Interviewing with prospective employers
  • Finding work after prison
  • Finding work regardless of possible barriers, such as criminal backgrounds, age discrimination, etc.
  • Creating portfolios
  • "Elevator" speeches

Additional resources for job training and education:

  • Minnesota Workforce Center classes
  • Lists of local non-profit job-training programs

Other resources

We offer connections to community resources to help you find what you need, including:

  • Food shelves
  • Free meals
  • Utility assistance
  • Domestic abuse
  • Adult education
  • Community service sites
  • Legal assistance
  • Housing/Shelters
  • Community health
  • Veterans’ services
  • Transportation

Please note: The center's computers are made available for the sole purpose of job and housing searches. Anyone who uses them for other purposes will be asked to leave.

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